As is the custom at ValueWalk on the first day of the new Q we create the page for all the notable hedge fund events of that quarter. This Q3 2017 hedge Fund Letters page was originally letters but we have expanded it to hedge fund conferences, feature stories, misc, activism and more. However, due to the proliferation in particular of conferences and activism we tend to do the following – for activism if it is a short campaign we post a link or two, if a dedicated campaign like with Bill Ackman at the time of this writing against ADP well provide links to his dedicated site ADPascending since it gets tedious for us and readers to view every single SEC filing.
UPDATE 11/19/17 we will note the last few changes for Q3 2017 hedge Fund Letters in paywalled content here on this post , but all announcements above the paywall in terms of what we added will be made on the old post page – please do not ask us where to find this
In terms of conferences there are so many that we try to focus on more interesting/value added ones or ones we attend. So for both this Q3 2017 hedge fund letters page and prior ones there is no exact formula so we always welcome reader input!
Also, feel free to help us out with conferences if you are competent and attended or want to attend any if open to media we could get you in for free and if not open to media we could help you in other ways.
Also, I saw someone claim violation of copyright in some forum specifically related to this page – nothing could be farther from the truth and we take legals matters seriously and consult frequently with our lawyers and other top lawyers on IP and other media issues. People should know at least the basics before they go on spreading lies, but we will leave aside since trolls will be trolls and haters will hate – also this is not a legal post and I am not a licensed. So let me add that disclaimer not only are we not providing endorsements, nor investment advice nor are we are not providing legal advice 🙂
Additionally, we do not do due diligence on hedge funds, while we would not “profile” funds we think are frauds (it comes up time to time) we are not an RIA (although I will be affiliated with one soon that does not relate to ValueWalk) or related and it takes a lot of time to and resources to do that due diligence. That is a job for experts and takes a lot of time – we in no way claim that you should or should not invest in these funds. Also, even a fund seems really sketchy like blatantly sketchy for legal reasons and because it is improper journalistic practice we will not accuse it of being a fraud (although those links probably will not appear below anyway).
Before I start on tips I was speaking to a colleague who is deep in hedge fund due diligence and I cannot say more without giving away his ID but he has done a lot of important work. And without me pressing the point he agreed ValueWalk is a vital resource (not stressing endorsements although feel free to see that here) and that the pension system is so dire it is important to bring light on some manners. If a pension fund is paying money to a zero value added hedge fund and therefore retirees wont have money and/or taxes will be raised (in some cases both) that is a serious issue. If you do not think the pension situation is serious (and I am not a doom and gloom type) just read this article for one on the New Jersey pension system (where is the state where we are incorporated).
I do not think alternatives should not be used by pensions but the alpha is more likely to come from smaller funds rather than brand name funds with too much assets who can either blow up or end up as a clone index fund, just with enormous fees.
Also, see our recent articles titled Thanks To HF Fee Structure, Pension Funds Will Pay $30 Billion Extra
The above is just one of numerous stats concerning the dire state of pension funds.
Additionally, the future of journalism is at a cross-roads. That can either be watermelon squeezing (if you want to even call that journalism because I do not and its not even entertaining – who cares about watermelons and rubber bands – I’d rather watch Game Of Thrones) or holding our Government officials accountable for how pension money is allocated. In my opinion, that is way more important than most of the financial news media and the latest ticker quotes on what the FAMGA did today and I wish I could devote all my time to those issues.
The above criticism was not labeled at anyone in particular and there are great FOFs, pension funds, big hedge funds etc. I meant as a general rule.
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Also, most of our readers are well-connected in the industry and rich (way wealthier than us – we face growing challenges from malicious copyright trolls who would shakedown a disabled dying veteran if they could earn an extra few lira, deadbeat ad agencies who blatantly breach contract and just do not pay a penny knowing that we are stuck unless we go to court which is expensive, time consuming and unpleasant, and related parasites. Please consider us in mind if you can ever help out with tips or far more importantly with tips
The one reason why we can do this is because of our loyal fans and our unwavering commitment to protect our sources to the best limits legally and humanly possible.
NOTE: The list is in alphabetical order. To be completely accurate, while most funds listed below are hedge funds some are mutual funds or other (i.e. Berkshire Hathaway), some letters are public, also we cannot post full letters in most cases because of US copyright law and it would likely not fall under fair use (one reader had the idea that I don’t even know). The list is (mostly) in alphabetical order.
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Without further to do Q3 2017 hedge fund letters below and stay tuned because this page was just launched
Q3 2017 hedge fund letters
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